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35 Pregnancy Week

35 Weeks Pregnant: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Body, Baby, and Health

At 35 weeks pregnant, you’re entering the final stretch of your pregnancy journey. Your body is undergoing significant changes to prepare for the arrival of your little one, and your baby is rapidly developing and growing stronger. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this exciting and transformative week:

Your Body at 35 Weeks Pregnant

  • Weight Gain: You may have gained around 25-35 pounds by this point. Most of this weight gain is attributed to the growth of your baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and increased blood volume.
  • Belly Size: Your belly will be noticeably larger and rounder as your baby continues to grow. You may experience some discomfort or pressure in your abdomen.
  • Breasts: Your breasts will continue to enlarge and produce colostrum, a yellowish fluid that is the precursor to breast milk.
  • Skin Changes: You may develop stretch marks on your belly, breasts, thighs, and buttocks. These marks are caused by the rapid stretching of your skin.
  • Varicose Veins: Increased blood flow during pregnancy can lead to the development of varicose veins, which are swollen, twisted veins that appear on your legs.
  • Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectum, are common during pregnancy due to increased pressure on the pelvic area.
  • Constipation: Hormonal changes and the pressure of your growing uterus on your intestines can lead to constipation.
  • Frequent Urination: As your baby grows, it puts pressure on your bladder, causing you to urinate more frequently.
  • Shortness of Breath: Your expanding uterus can push against your diaphragm, making it harder to breathe deeply.
  • Backaches: The weight of your belly can strain your back muscles, leading to backaches.

Your Baby at 35 Weeks Pregnant

  • Size and Weight: Your baby is now about 18 inches long and weighs around 5 pounds.
  • Physical Development: Your baby’s skin is becoming less wrinkled and more plump as it gains fat. The hair on its head is also growing longer and thicker.
  • Facial Features: Your baby’s facial features are becoming more defined, and its eyes are opening and closing.
  • Movement: Your baby is very active at this stage and you may feel frequent kicks, punches, and rolls.
  • Lungs: Your baby’s lungs are almost fully developed and it is practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid.
  • Brain Development: Your baby’s brain is rapidly developing and it is starting to make connections that will allow it to learn and interact with the world.
  • Sleep-Wake Cycles: Your baby is developing sleep-wake cycles and may be more active at certain times of the day.

Your Health at 35 Weeks Pregnant

  • Prenatal Care: Continue with your regular prenatal appointments to monitor your health and your baby’s growth.
  • Blood Pressure: Your blood pressure should be checked at each prenatal visit to ensure it is within a healthy range.
  • Gestational Diabetes: If you have not already been tested for gestational diabetes, your doctor may recommend a glucose tolerance test.
  • Preeclampsia: This condition, characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, can develop during pregnancy. Your doctor will monitor you for signs of preeclampsia.
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which are irregular and painless contractions that prepare your uterus for labor.
  • Pelvic Exam: Your doctor may perform a pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation and effacement.
  • Ultrasound: Your doctor may order an ultrasound to assess your baby’s growth and position.

Tips for a Healthy 35th Week of Pregnancy

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to prevent dehydration.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Focus on consuming nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
  • Get Regular Exercise: Engage in moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, to stay active and healthy.
  • Rest When You Need To: Don’t hesitate to take breaks and rest when you feel tired.
  • Elevate Your Feet: Elevate your feet when sitting or lying down to reduce swelling.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for your growing belly.
  • Manage Stress: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.
  • Prepare for Labor: Start thinking about your birth plan and discuss your options with your doctor.
  • Pack Your Hospital Bag: Pack a bag with essential items you will need during your hospital stay.

When to Call Your Doctor

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage
  • Sudden swelling in your face, hands, or feet
  • Persistent headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Fever or chills


At 35 weeks pregnant, you are well on your way to meeting your little one. Your body is undergoing significant changes to prepare for labor, and your baby is rapidly developing and growing stronger. By following the tips outlined above, you can ensure a healthy and comfortable 35th week of pregnancy. Remember to stay in close communication with your doctor and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns.

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